The Likhaya #DTIYS Contest

I do not normally do the Draw-this-in-your-style things that are rampant in Art Twitter and Instagram. I have done a few, but not many. But I chanced upon this that was recommended to me by a friend who is also an artist from Doodle ni Maria. She showed me her entry and I was excited to do this one. This is a redraw of an original collaboration by Shane Salcedo and Sofia Andres for The Lakambini.

The art competition encourages every Filipina Artist to practice her craft and be creative. I do love the fact that I get to empower Filipinas with my art and draw interesting figures.

I admit the whole piece was a bit of a challenge, especially the hands for the lady with the bilao. I also did not like the headwrap, but I had fun with this. I learned about my figure style and learned that these paintings need more room! I need to use bigger paper for these. I did this in my baohong sketchbook.

Even if I do not win the contest, I do love this piece. More power to the Filipina Artists!

I got in an Online Gallery Show !

I cannot believe it. I MADE IT. I was going about my day and I got a PING on my Phone. I thought it was just some of my friends, but it was Museo El Deposito telling me that I am featured on their Facebook page. I am one of the 13 picked for the #TUBIGATSININGSATAHANAN Online Gallery Show and I was 2nd to be feature. I was so shocked that I almost cried.

Watermarked for Protection.

I almost even forgot about that application. I was thinking that I was not good enough and was really feeling low about my art lately. I was really feeling the pressure of this art life. But it all went away with one PING. I feel a little confidence creeping back in. I can do this! I can make people feel something with my work. I am not a NOBODY. I can be somebody and I can work harder to make it happen.

To see the full size work, you can click HERE to go to the Project page of Sunrise fields

BONUS: Ms. Karen Sioson liked my art too!

10 Day Check in for #JulyDisney Guys

It has been 10 days since I started this monthly portrait challenge for #JulyDisneyGuys and I have some thoughts on it. So I thought I would blog it out and check my self-progress and well interview myself to see what I could do better.

Am I on track?
Yes, so far. It is going well. I have no problems doing it in the time I have alotted for it.

What’s your biggest accomplishment this month?
Jack Sparrow, Li Shang and Aladdin are two of the best ones I have done so far. I really love the toning on Aladdin, it is my cleanest work and the gradients were so smooth! I loved it! With Li Shang, I really had a good time with it, and it is also very clean gradients and I think I rendered the vision of his regality well. I also loved the fact that his skin is so transluscent. With Jack, I love everything about it! From his cooky expression, to his nice skin tone to the many details on his hair and hat, I really had a great time painting him. I was also so excited for him, maybe that is part of why they look good!

I also put up YouTube Videos for Jack Sparrow and Kristoff, which are accomplishments! I feel like I can show my process confidently.

What’s your biggest challenge right now?
I think for that, it is still Olive skin or darker skin tones. I painted Naveen and I think that was really a bummer, I wanted to make him look great, but he turned out.. meh! I will re-do him definitely, but I think I will have a challenge when it comes to darker skin.

I also am having problems with Backgrounds and finding the light on figures. I did the moon too dark on Prince Kit and he looks like he is glowing. I need help with color compositions, and compositions in general

What should you do differently?
I need to focus on my problem areas, finding the light and varying skin tones. I also want to try to make the Disney guy look closer to Canon in terms of size. I painted Prince Adam/ The Beast too small and I think that is part of why I am not happy with it. I have to be careful to paint them in correct ages too.

I think conceptualizing before the painting is important. All that planning helps out. I really planned out a few paintings well, like Wart from Sword in the stone , Aladdin and Jack Sparrow. That is part of why they really look well composed.

I also want to do more expressions! I enjoyed doing Flynn Rider’s Smoulder!

What are you looking forward to learning in this challenge?
– Definitely learning about many skintones and drawing male faces.
– Composing pictures better
– Better portrait background
– Hair and clothing textures
– Aging the character.

Asking myself these questions definitely put a lot of things in perspective for me. If you want to do a check in for your challenge, you can also use my questions!

Keep Creating!

Here comes the June Bugs

I finished the JUNE MONTHLY CHALLENGE #Junebugillustrations and I am so proud of myself.

I did quite a lot of studying for this challenge. First, I studied bugs/insects with their different forms and wings and details. This pushed me to really look down to the smallest details and to study how to paint transparent/transluscent material. I also had to break down their forms in order to get them looking decent on paper. I probably had the most difficult time with the beetles and the scorpion (I still think they’re not done right). This also leads me to think that I still need further studies on texture and detail work.

Second, I studied people. I studied skintones, I studied facial planes and construction. I even studied hair. ( Though, I still feel I need more on that) I studied qualities of each Ethnicity that I encountered and the clothes that they wear. I studied details on jewelry and embroidery as well as pattern design. I still need a lot of help when it comes to that, but I can see myself improving.

Third, I studied composition. I did not make floating heads. I had to make each piece a story. A small painting that has life. I am proud that I committed to it. They all look pretty good. Most of them tell a story and I am so glad.

I collected them all and made a small video to show everyone the pieces. You can check out the pieces here


June is almost over, and I am preparing myself for a new challenge this coming July. Since I truly enjoyed the Portraits I did for #Junebugillustrations, my June Challenge, I decided to still focus on Portraits for July since it tied in with the Kick in the Creatives Challenge and since I really wanted to learn more about drawing people and coloring in different and unique. To make it more interesting and fun, I decided to do a themed challenge again this time DISNEY INSPIRED. I thought of doing the Princesses, but everyone has done that already. So I had a lightbulb moment and thought, “Well, why not focus on the GUYS this time?”

So I came up with this challenge #JulyDisneyGuys Challenge (#julydisneyguyschallenge). I asked friends and followers to shoot me their favorite Disney Guys and came up with a prompt list. At first, I thought I could do a weekly prompt and I would use Digital Art , but as it was also #Worldwatercolormonth according to I decided to kill 3 birds in one stone and do this all in watercolor. So now, I am rearing to go and I wish you could join me in my monthlong adventure in drawing all the wonderful Male lead characters of DISNEY.

There are 2 ways you can do it:

You can help spread the word by sharing this post, or my posts on Instagram Twitter or Facebook. You can use any media you wish. As long as you do the prompt and share it with the #julydisneyguys #julydisneyguys challenge. Kindly also tag my social media so I can see your lovely work! At the end of the month, I will choose as much of your work and create a montage/ slideshow on YouTube to showcase everyone’s lovely work.

Honestly, there were so many awesome choices. If you don’t feel like the guy you’re drawing, feel free to switch them around.

I will also choose weekly features to show on all my social media to share your art to the world.

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Custom All in One Watercolor Palette

I could barely contain my excitement when this baby came home yesterday. This is my Custom Daniel Smith Watercolor Palette with the CMYK and Zorn Palette. It is custom made by my friend, Architect Allan Jay Quesada and I was really happy to get it!

This palette is designed to be an all- in- one palette that I can take out to plein air or for studio use. The palette features two base palettes : The CMYK for bright colors and the ZORN Palette for more muted/ earthy tones. It also features some shadow colors and convenience colors._

Some Swatches for this palette. Top is the CMYK Gradient Test Bottom is zorn

Here are the colors of the Palette . All Daniel Smith Watercolors.

  1. Titanium White
  2. Lemon Yellow
  3. Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue
  4. Yellow Ochre
  5. Organic Vermillion
  6. Quinacridone Pink
  7. Pthalo Blue
  8. Cobalt Teal
  9. Olive Green
  10. Perylene Green
  11. Shadow Violet
  12. Lamp Black

The CMYK: Pthalo Blue, Quinadricone Pink, Lemon Yellow and Lamp Black
the Zorn Palette: Yellow Ochre, Titanium White, Lamp Black and Organic Vermillion

The rationale behind it is that if I can have both CMYK and Zorn, I could create any color I want without having to reach for other colors. I also want to learn how to mix my own colors more and push my learning of watercolors further.

If you want to see the Palette in action and to see how the colors work, here is a video of this baby in action! I named it, Cheshire … by the way, as I am in the habit of naming my things!

I am still exploring this palette and will update definitely with some color studies and exploration videos on how I use this. But definitely it is an exciting time!<3 I love new materials!

I actually completed this bright painting with this palette and I could not be happier ! ❤ Looking forward to many paintings with my child!